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American Center to premiere Hollywood movies

entertainment Updated: Sep 11, 2009 17:20 IST

The capital's movie buffs will be able to watch the latest Hollywood films at the American Center here, before their release in the country.

The US embassy and the Motion Picture Dist. Association (India) Pvt. Ltd, the Indian arm of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), have announced a partnership to premiere new Hollywood movies at the American Center in Delhi.

Announced at a reception hosted by the US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer for MPAA CEO and chairman Dan Glickman Sep 8 at his Roosevelt House residence, the collaboration will see the premiere of a minimum of "six-12 new American movies" by the year end at the American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg.

"The US and India have the largest motion picture industries in the world, reflecting the appreciation of film that both Indians and Americans share... Now, this partnership between the American Center and motion picture industry leaders will allow us to share American culture with India in new and exciting ways," said Roemer in a statement released here Thursday.

Those to provide their films in digital format will be MPAA members Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, NBC Universal, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.

In response, the American Center is undertaking a complete renovation of its theatre, which will now be digitally compliant to MPAA standards and will include a new screen, new projection equipment and a new sound system.

The general American Center film screenings are free and open to the public but the premieres will allow audiences only by invitation.